Sugar Run Trail Closed to Horses
The Sugar Run Trail is temporarily closed to horse use due to the number of fallen trees as a result of recent storms. The trail is still open for hikers, but hikers should use caution.
Shuttle to Hensley Settlement
There will be no shuttle or tour to Hensley Settlement on August 10, 2014. Tours on other days will continue to be offered as scheduled. For questions and more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.
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Cave Tour Alert!
White Nose Syndrome is a disease that is killing bats in great numbers and has been found in park caves. While visiting Gap Cave please do not wear or bring anything that has been in other caves. Skylight Cave is currently closed.
Preserving Mining History
Contact: visitor center, (606) 248-2817
Hidden History Lecture Series Continues at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Coal mining is an important part of this area's heritage, and on Saturday, May 2, visitors can learn more about its rich history during a program at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. As part of the park's Hidden History series, engineer Barry Thacker will give a program on the volatile mining history of Coal Creek, Tennessee (now Lake City). He will also explore the rich legacy of Welsh miners in Kentucky.
Thacker is a founder of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation and has become immersed in the history of coal mining in east Tennessee. He will share the story of the Coal Creek War of 1891-92, during which miners fought the Tennessee Militia to abolish the use of convict miners, as well as the tragic history of the mining disasters at Fraterville in 1902 and Cross Mountain in 1911. Thacker has also become a local expert in the legacy of the Welsh miners of Tennessee and Kentucky, and will share some of the fascinating stories of their culture and lasting influence in the region.
The program, which is the second in the park's Hidden History Lecture Series, begins at 2 pm at the visitor center and is free. For more information on park programs, please call 606-248-2817.
Did You Know?
Although Cumberland Gap is designated a national historical park, 14,000 of its 24,000 acres have been proposed, and are managed, as wilderness.